On Thursday 22nd February Form 2 visited the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell to learn about the history of industry within the city, and how our settlement has changed over time from 1066 onwards.
Some were surprised to learn that Norwich was considered England's 'second' city in the Middle Ages up until the Industrial Revolution, with a thriving textiles industry, and the children poured over beautiful fabrics and swatch books, as well studying a mechanised loom up close to understand how it would work. Some boys enjoyed reading funny stories about Norwich Market, our Apothecary from the upcoming performance of Romeo and Juliet inspected the Victorian pharmacy and some went green to find out that Ber Street used to be known as Blood and Guts Street.
Valentines gifts of gloves and notebooks were admired, yet the stars of the show were the great array of shoes. The boys enjoyed trying on the red, sparkly ones while the girls opted for comfortable slippers, before settling down in the 'theatre' to see how Norwich coped during World War II. There was much excitement to discover Norwich City Football Club's Captain Canary, and wry smiles were raised at the sight of a 1970's outfit, especially when imagining their grandparents in denim flares.
All children were treated to a workshop where they were allowed to handle a variety of artefacts to help them learn about Norwich's history of the wool trade, brewing, mustard-growing, chocolate-making and shoe-making.
A big thank you to all at the museum who made our visit so enjoyable!